Each day in the Mid-South there are countless organizations and individuals leading by example, giving back, and helping others. These everyday heroes are mentoring and teaching our children; fighting blight, improving and building homes and wheelchair access ramps; collecting food and serving those among us who are hungry; opening their doors to those who need a warm, safe place to stay; and sitting quietly, listening to someone grieving the loss of a loved one. We may never see these efforts showcased during a newscast because the do-gooders don’t seek attention. They prefer to invest their time and energy one-on-one or in small groups versus the large crowds that gather mentions; but I know, and you know, these community champions are working hard each day, and we’re a better city thanks to their efforts.
Over the last two years, we’ve shown our appreciation for and recognized and celebrated these community champions as a part of The SPARK Awards. Airing later this year on WKNO, The SPARK Awards is the Mid-South’s annual televised awards show focused on honoring individuals and organizations making a difference in our community. There are 13 different categories covering individuals (youth, college student, adult, teacher, education leader, and legacy award), nonprofits, corporations, and schools. It’s a totally FREE, public, nomination-driven honor.
If you’re doing good in our city or know someone or an organization making a difference, nominate them for The SPARK Awards 2016. Nominations are being accepted now through 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. To cast your nomination(s) and learn more visit SPARKawardsTV.com. While visiting the site, you can also watch last year’s broadcast of The SPARK Awards online.
Once the nomination phase is complete, all of the nominations will be given to The Rotary Club of Memphis, who will ultimately select the winners in each category. The winners will be recognized during the special televised broadcast of The SPARK Awards 2016 later this year. No preference or weighting is given to multiple nominations for the same individual or organization. The criteria for judging is based on taking a leadership role in initiatives or efforts that better our community, volunteerism, and impact.
We’re looking forward to celebrating more upstanders and do-gooders in our community and to encouraging more citizens to get engaged in making a difference!